Yesterday I joined all but two of my colleagues in voting to undo just some of the mistakes made by Democrats last year. HF1777 did two very important things: it repealed three business-to-business taxes passed in 2013 that were hurting Minnesota businesses and resulting in higher costs for Minnesota families, and conformed much of Minnesota's tax code to the federal tax code, restoring several important tax breaks on things like employer-provided tuition assistance, among many others.
I'm encouraged that Democrats are finally realizing what Republicans have said all along: these taxes are hurting Minnesota businesses and hurts job growth, and should never have been passed in the first place.
Republicans voted unanimously to pass this bill, and consider it an important first step. With a $1.2 billion surplus, there's no excuse for government to hold on to your money. Republicans have proposed to give that money back where it belongs: in your pocket. The $1.2 billion surplus is an indication that Minnesotans are taxed too much, and I firmly believe we need to look for additional taxes to repeal, or other ways to ease the tax burden on Minnesota families and businesses.
The bill now awaits action in the Senate. If passed by the Senate, it will head to the Governor for his signature.
I will be sure to keep you updated on efforts to give you back your hard-earned tax dollars.
Take care, and have a great weekend.